20 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

20 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

20 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Golden Jubilee celebrations of IFFI begins in Goa

  • India's biggest cinematic event, the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has begun at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Panaji, Goa. (20th to 28th November)
  • The opening ceremony witnessed the versatile Shankar Mahadevan performing with his troupe!
  • A seven-minute film on late Manohar Parrikar (former defence minister and Goa chief minister) has been also screened at the inauguration ceremony.
  • The ceremony's Theme of ‘Fusion Music’ will be a blend of various forms of national and international music this evening.
  • Rajinikanth has been conferred with the Special Icon of Golden Jubilee award for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
  • French actor Isabelle Huppert honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • This 50 year’s edition will feature 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films including mainstream films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, F2 (a Telugu film), Supre 30 and others.
  • Russia is the partner country of the IFFI 2019.
  • IFFI is jointly organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, a Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting agency and the Goa government’s Entertainment Society of Goa.
  • The first-ever IFFI (in 1952) was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.
Source: AIR News
Important days

2. 20th November: Universal Children's Day

  • Universal Children’s Day is celebrated annually on 20th November.
  • The goal of Universal Children’s day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.
  • The intergovernmental organisation is asking individuals, schools and corporates worldwide to 'Go Blue' this Universal Children’s Day to help build a world where every child goes to school and is safe from harm.
Source: UN.Org

3. 20th November: Africa Industrialization Day

  • Africa Industrialization Day is the day when a large number of African governments and organisations gather to examine various ways to stimulate the industrialisation process in Africa.
  • The theme of 2019 is ‘Positioning African Industry to Supply the AfCFTA Market’.
  • On 22 March 2018, 44 member States of the African Union signed the Agreement Establishing an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), thus creating a single African market for goods and services
Source: UN.Org
 International Affairs

4. India and Singapore agree to strengthen defence cooperation

  • India and Singapore have agreed to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation and taking it to greater heights.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed satisfaction at the increasing engagement of the Armed Forces of both the countries in conducting joint exercises.
  • Mr. Singh stressed that the Indo-Pacific for India means an open, inclusive and stable region, connected through secure seas, integrated by trade and anchored by the unity and centrality of ASEAN.
Source: DD News
 State Affairs

5. DSEJ launches special enrollment drive under 'Aao School Chalein'

  • In Jammu, the Directorate of School Education (DSEJ) has launched a special enrollment drive under the banner 'Aao School Chalein' for increasing the enrollment in government schools.
  • As per the Directorate of School Education, the special enrollment drive would be conducted across all the villages and catchment areas of the government schools, under the supervision of chief education officers of all the districts of Jammu Division.
  • The prime focus of the drive is on the strengthening of pre-schooling of children in the age group of 3 to 5 years.

6. Assam Govt approves 1 Tola Gold to Brides free of cost under Arundhati scheme

  • Assam state's cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal approved Arundhati scheme to provide 1 Tola Gold to Brides free of cost.
  • This scheme to give 1 tola Gold (11.66 grams) to brides parents belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society, whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh.
  • The objective of the scheme to reduce child marriage under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act that a girl in India cant get married before the age of 18 and a boy cant get married before 21 years of age
  • This scheme can be availed by formal registration of the marriage under the Special  Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 at the time of marriage.
  • This is only limited to the weaker section of the society.

7. Uttarakhand CM launches virtual classroom project connecting 500 secondary schools

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has launched a project to connect 500 secondary schools to virtual classrooms.
  • The schools in the state facing a shortage of teachers will benefit from the new technology.
  • Virtual classes are attended through video conferences where students can meet the teacher on a real-time basis and ask questions.
  • An estimated 1.90 lakh students of 500 government-run secondary schools in the state will benefit from the project.

8. Haryana govt decides to create a new Foreign Cooperation department

  • Haryana Government has decided to create a dedicated new department namely Department of 'Foreign Cooperation'.
  • The department has been created in order to streamline and provide focus to various initiatives taken by the state government for the promotion of investment, employment for youth and welfare of Non-Resident Indians.
  • The new department will deal in the formulation of country-wise strategies for the promotion of investment, employment in the state, education and skill development and promotion of Haryanvi culture and welfare of Haryanvi diaspora.
National Affairs

9. Prez Kovind presents prestigious President's Colour to Naval Academy at Kannur

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the prestigious President's Colour to the Indian Naval Academy at Kannur in Kerala.
  • President's Colour is a visible symbol of excellence and is earned through worthy contribution both during war and peace.

10. India announces visa exemption for foreigners seeking medical treatment

  • India has announced a slew of exemptions for foreigners seeking medical treatment in India following the implementation of liberalised medical visa policy.
  • The exemption has been given to foreigners from getting their primary visa converted into 'medical visa'.
  • It will be applicable for obtaining indoor treatment up to 180 days for seeking admission in a hospital owing to illness.
  • Treatment of diseases which require organ transplant shall, however, be permitted only on a Medical Visa.

11. India ranks 59th on IMD World Talent Ranking Report

  • The International Institute of Management Development’s (IMD) World Talent Ranking (WTR) report for the year 2019 was released.
  • In the released report, India was ranked at 59th position, a slip by 6 places on a global annual list of 63 countries.
  • The top 10 countries that followed Switzerland (1st) were Denmark (2nd), Sweden (3rd), Austria (4th), Luxembourg (5th), Norway(6th), Iceland (7th), Finland (8th), Netherlands (9th) and Singapore (10th).

12. Indian Oil launches special winter-grade diesel for UT of Ladakh

  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) has launched a special winter-grade diesel that remains unfrozen up to minus 33 degree Celsius.
  • The fuel would help provide year-round access to snow-capped border regions and is part of India’s efforts to speed up strategic road connectivity.
  • This new fuel will help Indian security forces to stock up on crucial supplies and ammunition that gets cut off due to bad weather in winters.
  • Indian Oil’s winter-grade diesel meets BIS specifications and has been produced and certified by the company’s Panipat refinery.
Banking & Finance

13. ICICI Lombard partners with Fino to offer sachet based insurance products

  • ICICI Lombard has been partnering with ‘Fino Payments Bank’ to offer non-life insurance solutions to its customers.
  • Now, ICICI Lombard has introduced several innovative insurance solutions that complement Fina’s technology-enabled platforms and harness its customer reach.
  • Some of these offerings include Hospicash that provide customers with the means to cover their loss of income, especially in the case of migrant workers, if they are hospitalized.
  • ICICI Lombard and Fino also launched Dengue and Malaria policy which covers treatment to Dengue and Malarial diseases up to Rs. 10,000 at a premium as low as Rs. 49.

14. India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie shifted to Kazakhstan capital Nur-Sultan from Islamabad

  • India will travel to Nur-Sultan to take on Pakistan in the upcoming Davis Cup tie.
  • The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has nominated the Nur-Sultan (capital of Kazakhstan) to host upcoming India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie.
  • The Devis Cup tie was scheduled to be held in September but was pushed to 29-30 November after India expressed concerns about the safety of their players.
  • The side will be led by top singles players Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan while veteran Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan are likely to pair up for the doubles.
Source: AIR News

15. Max Verstappen wins Brazilian Grand Prix 2019

  • Belgian-Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen (with Red Bull) has won the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2019.
  • The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc clashed in the race due to which Verstappen was able to take the lead and ultimately win the race.
  • Pierre Gasly (France) was on the second position and was the first podium position for him while Lewis Hamilton remained on the third.
Source: BBC.com

16. Bajrang Punia conferred with Indian Personality of the Year award

  • Ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has been conferred the Indian Personality of the Year Award (Sports) at the Indo Arab Leaders Summit & Awards 2019 in Dubai.
  • World powerlifting champion Mahant Gaurav Sharma was honoured with Visionary Leaders of the Year (Sports) award.
  • Recently, Gaurav was conferred with the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award in London.

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